A thank you to our library friends

September 18th, 2012

We’ve just completed the data collection for our second study of how people search for government information. 32 participants were kind enough to tell us about the kinds of things they search for and to perform a series of assigned searches on our laptops. Now, we are very excited to start analyzing this data.

Before that, we owe a big thank you to the libraries in the Vancouver area that opened their doors to us: the Richmond Public Library, the Kensington & Kitsilano branches of the Vancouver Public Library, and the North Vancouver City Library. We would like to extend our thanks for the cheer with which they shared their space and the help they provided while our team carried out the study.  Thanks again! We couldn’t have done it without you.

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How do you search for information?

March 27th, 2012

We are excited to be starting our next study. We will be talking to people in the greater Vancouver area over the next few weeks to see how they find and use online government information. Here’s a snapshot of our flyer:

study flyer

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Digital Shift Survey Results

May 19th, 2011

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey The Digital Shift: Librarians and Public Access to Government Information. The survey is now complete. Results can be viewed by selecting The Digital Shift button in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

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Come see us at JCDL in Ottawa

April 28th, 2011

We will be presenting a poster on communicative intents in the production of online government information at the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in Ottawa on June 14th. We would be happy to meet with you and discuss our findings at the poster session on Tuesday evening.

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Digital shift survey underway

March 11th, 2011

The Digital Shift: Librarians and Public Access to Government Information

As part of an investigation into how the governments’ shift from producing information in print to producing information electronically affects the work of Canadian librarians, we are currently conducting an online survey of public and academic librarians across Canada.

A summary of the results will be published here in early summer 2011.

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our team is growing

June 15th, 2010

We’re excited to welcome Leah Hopton to the project. Leah has a background in Psychology and Education. She began the Master of Library and Information Studies program in January of 2010 and is particularly interested in studying information seeking behaviour.

Leah will be an invaluable addition this summer as we wrap up the analysis of phase one of the project, move forward with data collection for phase two and begin building the instruments for phase three.

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DIIG Open House

March 8th, 2010

We presented a brief overview of the project at the Digital Information Interaction Group open house on Friday, talking about the experiment we completed last fall and the current interview work we are running. I was also asked to say a few words about genre and talked about its role in forming shared expectations and understanding of a document. I want to think about this a little more, if only to stop giving the example of a memo every time it comes up.

The open house was a success and several SLAIS students seemed interested in joining the project. If you missed the open house but are interested being a part of the project – whether through a directed study or a research assistantship – please get in touch with Luanne.

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phase one underway

February 3rd, 2010

The “e-informing the public” project is currently in its first phase. This phase looks at how online government information is produced and made available to the public. At the end of January, we began a series of contextual interviews with government information producers. The research team is currently recruiting further participants for this phase.

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January 29th, 2010

Welcome to the new web site for the “e-informing the public” research project. E-informing the public is a three year research project (2009-2012) funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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